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note he left behind. >>> in the hospital, an update tonight on former president george h.w. bush, amid word his health has taken a turn for the worst. >>> supersized, at the movies this holiday season, something we noticed about a lot of these oscar hopefuls. why are they all so long? >>> and the celebration across america and around the world this christmas night. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. i'm carl quintanilla in tonight for brian. a large part of the country doesn't have to dream of a white christmas tonight. we are getting it. a major winter storm is bringing snow and thunderstorms to texas, oklahoma, alabama and arkansas. but that's not the only threat. tornadoes are a big concern along the gulf coast as the storm now moves to the north and east, threatening holiday travel. we have two reports tonight from those who cover it best, our friends at the weather channel. we begin with meteorologist jim cantore in hattiesburg, mississippi. >> reporter: this tornado outbreak is far from over. we've already had damage with injuries off to my south. and we are just under
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. >> former president george h.w. bush who built the coalition against iraq said general schwarzkopf epitomized the duty, service, country. more than that, he was a good and decent man and a dear friend. by the way, former president bush remains in a houston hospital and is likely to be there for a while according to a spokeswoman. he's been in intensive care since sunday and his doctors say he's dealing with a persistent fever. he was hospitalized more than a month ago with a case of bronchitis. his spokeswoman said he's getting excellent treatment and advises everyone to, quote, put the harps back in the sclos it. >>> overseas the state department closed up. rebel forces have taken up several cities and are advancing on the capital. they're search-rich and is a former french colony. they say the government is not honoring a cease five including release of political leaders. >> back in the u.s., the storm has come and gone and at least 16 deaths are blamed on the weather. in hard-hit arkansas, more than 135 homes and businesses remain without power. edward lawrence reporting. >> rep
's george h.w. bush in a hospital fighting a stubborn fever that has gotten much worse. a statement released a short time ago which reads in part following a series of set backs following a persistent fever president bush was admitted to the intensive care unit on sunday where he remains in guarded condition. doctors at methodist continue to be cautiously optimistic about the current course of treatment. the president is alert and conversing with medical staff and surrounded by family, end quote. we're told doctors also have him on an all liquid diet. mr. bush who is 88 years old spent christmas hospitalized and has been there for about a month now. family members have been by his side over the holidays including his wife barbara and sons neil bush. former governor jeb bush of florida and former president george w. bush. updates as we get them. all this weather would throw a wrench in lawmakers plans to get back to the negotiating table. we are now just a few days away from the end of the year and push to solve tax and spending issues is critical. the edge of the so-called fiscal cliff is re
purple hearts. he returned from the persian gulf a national hero. president george h.w. bush presented him the medal of freedom. president bush issued a statement calling norman schwartzcopf a true american patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation. in retirement, schwartzcopf declined calls to run for office, devoting himself to public speaking and charity work. he leaves his wife and three children. norman schwartzcopf was 78. chuck sivertsen, abc news, new york. >> he was known for being opinionated and brave, the kind of guy you want on your side. >> there's no question, when you think about the first persian gulf war, that was the defining war for millions of americans because there had been a break, and then america went back to war. he became a household name. >> stormin' norman is hard to forget. that's a great nickname. >> we can all remember turning on the tv and seeing the bombs dropping saying okay, it's for real now. he was the person who led america right through all that. >> going to be missed. >>> in other news, with just four days to go, president
-oh fast with kaopectate. >>> former pretty george h.w. bush is still in the hospital. doctors are trying to bring down a stubborn fever. his fever was downgraded on sunday. he was admitted to the hospital november 23rd for bronchitis. now his family says they are confident that he's going to be released soon from intensive care. >>> and nelson mandela is out of the hospital. the 94-year-old former south african president was admitted to a hospital in pretoria. that was 18 days ago. he was treated for a lung infection and underwent gal stone surgery. rob robin kerr now is reporting outside of his home in johannesburg. >>> in this house watched by local media nelson mandela is no doubt resting. after 19 days his doctors sent him home here to his johannesburg residence. while this is good news, they're saying he's still receiving high care which means behind these walls his doctors and nurses are still closely monitoring and observing him. while in hospital mandela was treated for a lung infection and had surgery to remove galstones and these are the most recent pictures only him taken in j
". it was a coalition of 30 countries original niced by then president george h.w. bush that succeeded in defeating iraqis. president bush remains hospitalized in houston in methodist hospital he had a statement that reads in part. he is one of the great military leaders of his generation. a distinguished member of the long gray line hailing from west point, general norman schwarzkopf to me epitomized duty, service, country and creed that defended our country's freedom and seen the nation through our most trying international crisis. he was appointed general and appointed commander-in-chief of u.s. central command. he prepared a detailed plan for defense of saudi oil fields against the iraqis. general colin powell released this statement in part, with the passing of general norman schwarzkopf, america has lost a great patriot and soldier. he has served his country with distinguished patriot him for 35 years. general schwarzkopf could have died in tampa. he was 78 years old. harris: general schwarzkopf could have credited again with leading the u.s. to victory in the first gulf war. stay close. we'l
family confident george h.w. bush will soon be out of intensive care. the 41st president has been elevated -- had an elevated fever, but we're told his condition is not dire. chief of staff says is he sick? yeah. does he plan on going anywhere soon? no. he has every intention of saying put. he would ask me to tell to you please put the harps back in the closet. becker added, the care at methodist hospital is unequaled. we'll have a live report outside the hospital at the bottom of this hour. >>> moving on, the nation is mourning the loss of an american hero, general herbert norman schwarzkopf, known as storming norman and bear, has died of complications from pneumonia. he commanded the u.s.-led international coalition that drove saddam hussein's forces out of kuwait back in 1991. that was operation desert storm. former president george h.w. bush organized that coalition. he approved a statement while in intensive care. he says, general norman schwarzkopf to me epitomized the country creed that, is defended our freedom and seen this great nation through our most trying internationa
in new york with us. >>> as you know, two more important political notes we're following. george h.w. bush remains in a hospital in houston for what a spokesman is now describing as a series of setbacks. the 88-year-old is said to be in guarded condition in intensive care, nursing an elevated fever. >>> and we're getting late word that norman schwarzkopf has died. stormin norman was commander during the first gulf war. and he was 78. >>> we turn now to that debate over gun control. last night here, the picture from los angeles, drivers lined up for blocks, returning guns for gift certificates. 2,000 guns returned. barely two weeks now after the newtown shootings, another debate. should teachers be allowed to bring guns to school. in a new poll, it suggests 64% of americans think arming at least one official would be some what effective. tonight, meet the teachers who think they should be armed, too. here's cecilia vega. >> okay, so, now what do i do? >> reporter: the gun is fake, but these utah teachers fear the threat facing their classrooms is very real. today, 200 of those teacher
to move on now this evening to a former president whose health we're following closely here. george h.w. bush's doctors say his fever is getting worse. his family moments ago say he is in guarded condition tonight. he's now 88. we are told he's awake, aware and cracking jokes with his medical team. >>> and in south africa tonight, former president nelson mandela is out of the hospital this evening and back home, where he will continue to receive m.edicl care. he hate been hospitalized for someone than two weeks. >>> back here at home this evening, look at this behind me. so many viewers sending in their one thing made in america they bought for christmas. tonight, the videos are pouring in. the made in america surprises after they were unwrapped urn the tree. the joy and the joys you helped create tonight. >> what would you like for christmas? >> reporter: it was the question that got us thinking from the start and much of america, too. where was this made? >> china. i know, i know, i know your show. >> reporter: thousands of you know the question and are now asking it yourselves. just
an update on the health of president george h.w. bush in the hospital in houston. tonight nbc news has learned that his stubborn fever has gotten worse. he's in the intensive care unit, and doctors have him on a liquid-only diet. the former president, who is 88 years old has been hospitalized with bronchitis since just after thanksgiving. >>> when "nightly news" continues on this wednesday evening, two firefighters who survived after being lured into a deadly trap speak out for the first time. >>> and later, a fashion trend you may have missed. why you might want to look into the eyes of those mannequins. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus presents the cold truth. i have a cold, and i took nyquil, but i'm still "stubbed" up. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't unstuff your nose. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have a decongestant. no way. [ male announcer ] sorry. alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms plus has a fast acting decongestant to relieve your stuffy nose. [ sighs ] thanks! [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth! [ male announcer ] a
. >>> george h.w. bush, forced to spend christmas day in a houston hospital. he was treated to a special holiday meal. 88 years old. been in the hospital for more than a month with a lingering cough. doctors are cautiously optimistic for a full recovery for the president. >>> before heading back to d.c., president obama and the first lady michelle obama kept up a christmas tradition. visiting marines at a base in hawaii, thanking them for their service. >> the greatest honor i have as president is being commander in chief and the reason it's an honor is because not only do we have the finest military in the world, but we also have the finest fighting men and women in the world. >> mrs. obama and their daughters will not be cutting their vacation short. they will stay in hawaii. >> good for them. >>> l.a., the best record in the nba. no, not the lakers. the clippers! look at billy crystal. they won their franchise record. he's court side a lot apparently. a record 14th game in a row on christmas night. beating the nuggets, a score of 112-1000, 22-6 on the year. earlier in the day, in the
from possible across the board tax increases and spending cuts. >>> former president george h.w. bush is still in a houston hospital. his wife, barbara, and other relatives at his side. the 88-year-old has been in the hospital for more than a month with a lingering cough and recently had a low grade fever. doctors remain cautiously optimistic about a full recovery. >>> a claim of facebook privacy breach within the zuckerberg family. his sister says a family photo was reposted by another person on twitter. randy zuckerberg called the woman out. the woman apologized said it was public because it was in her facebook newsfeed. >>> in china the longest high speed railway opens, connects beijing with guangzhou, 1,500 in eight hours, but tickets start at $138, and they're a little pricey for some people and many travelers say it's cheaper and faster to fly. >>> a report just out this morning shows home prices up in october, the biggest annual gain in more than two years. alison kosik joins us from the new york stock exchange. tell us more. >> this is a bigger gain than analysts were expectin
-alcohol level above the legal limit. >>> former president george h.w. bush may be spending christmas in the hospital. doctors say he's in stable condition but needs to build up his energy. >>> christmas prayers are going out to nelson mandela. south africans are sending warm wishes to the ormer leader. he's been in the hospital for more than two weeks with a lung infection and gal stone surgery, as well. he's in no imminent danger but doctors want to make sure before releasing him. the icon is 94 years old. >>> now we turn to britain, where thousands of christmas travelers are having a rough go today. flooding has shut down train service in many areas, especially in scotland, southwest england and south wales, as well. in highways there impassable. drivers have been warned not to travel unless absolutely necessary. and more rain expected later today. >>> severe flooding is a problem in northern california. highways in sonoma california are under water. and up in the mountains, up to four feet of snow expected to fall in the sierra nevada. it is the second wave of storms to hit northe
of former president george h.w. bush is a growing concern tonight. he was transferred to the intensive care unit. he has been at the medical center since last month because of a chronic cost. recently he has been fighting a high fever. this morning he was put on a liquids only diet. >> things are going well. we are obviously hoping but the medicines and treatments can help him turn things around. >> former first lady barbara bush spent christmas by mr. bush side and former president george w. bush his son is expected to visit in the coming days. well, in the east bay an oakland mother is recovering after being hit bay stray bullet while attending christmas church services. and she spoke exclusively with abc 7 news reporter nick smith from her hospital bed. >> i looked back and i saw a bullet coming at my son's head and i threw myself over my son. >> maria spoke to me from her hospital bed after a night at church took a violent turn and left her seriously he wounded. >> we were at church with my daughter and some people passed by shooting at the church. >> reporter: her pastor was telling th
the efforts to train the afghan military units before they pull out. >> it looks like george h.w. bush will be spending his christmas in the hospital. he has been undergoing treatment for a bronchitis-like cough since november. doctors are cautiously optimistic that president bush's son, former president george w. bush has been among the visitors at the hospital. no word on when he will be released. >> nelson mandela is enjoying better health. his condition is improving and he's in really good spirits. he has been in the hospital since december 8th. he's recovering from a lung infection and the removal of gall stones. his wife and family along with the current president of south africa visiting him, sreurbing him a merry christmas. >> passengers in denver are finding a special way to be of good shear while helping the less fortunate. these men and women of the encloses all methodist ministers getting behind the bar, that's right, on christmas eve, to serve drinks and collect tips. >> a lot of folks come in here that might not necessary logo to church, and might not hear about the need,
of former president george h.w. bush has taken a turn for the worst. he was moved into intensive care because ofs aelevated fever. the nation's 41st president is on a liquid diet. his condition listed as guarded. the 88-year-old coping with christmas in the hospital by -- well, he says he's determined in the to be grumpy about all of this. >>> toyota has agreed to pay a $1.1 billion settlement. that would be to settle a class-action suit over sudden acceleration issues. under the agreement, toyota will install a break override system in affected cars. it will set up a fund of $250 million for former toyota owners who sold their cars from september of 2009 through all of 2010. that would go to compensate owners for their car's reduced value because of bad publicity. toyota's attorneys say a separate fund of $250 million will also be established to compensate current owners whose vehicles aren't eligible for that break override system. >>> in this terrible weather, rescuers are racing to save that giant sick beached wheel off breezy point in queens. if that sounds familiar, it was one o
schwartzkof has died. he was 78 years old. we're just getting a statement by president george h.w. bush. it reads, "barbara and i mourn the loss of a true american president, and one of the great military leaders of his generation. a distinguished member of that long, great line hailing from west point, general norm schwarzkopf to me epitomizes our nation. more than that, he was a good and decent man and a dear friend. barbara and i send our condolences to his wife, brenda, and his wonderful family." very sad news for the country. >>> we start our second half of our show with the other stories we're watching tonight. former president george w.h. bush remains in intensive care at a houston hospital, where he's been treated for a fever. a spokesperson tells our miguel marquez that doctors are in no hurry to rush him out. and aren't offering a guess as to when he'll be out of the icu. he also says the former president is not on a ventilator and is good spirits. his chief of staff sent out a statement, saying his boss' condition is not dire, and saying, please put the harps back in the clos
done that since 1990 when george h.w. bush raised taxes. it's not done in the republican party. and he couldn't get his members to go along with it. >> and that's an excellent point. it's not so much boehner that he doesn't know how to lead. i can't think of anybody who would do a better job. it's the entire body right now and the state of politics where we are. particularly in the republican party that makes it very difficult to lead. nancy pelosi is still able to lead her caucus. she kept every single democrat, everyone the most moderate, she kept them all in line to not vote for the boehner bill. boehner just can't do it. >> thanks so much. really good to see you dana, ryan, thanks to you both. >>> first tornadoes and now blizzard conditions. we're following several severe weather stories making it difficult for millions of americans. holly is at the world's busiest airport, hartsfield jackson in atlanta. what are you seeing there? >> reporter: well, joe, it's pretty steady here. it's getting a little bit more crowded as the evening goes on. but i can tell you that some people are h
right now. former president george h.w. bush is still in a houston hospital. his wife barbara and other relatives were at his side yesterday. the 88-year-old has been in the hospital for more than a month with a lingering cough and recently had a low grade fever. doctors remain cautiously optimistic about a full recovery. >>> a claim of a facebook privacy braechl within the zuckerberg family. the co-founder's sister says a family photo was reposted by another woman to twitter. randi zukerbuckerberg called th woman out and the woman apologized and thought it was public because it was in the news feed. >>> in china the world's longest high-speed railway opens. it's just under 1500 miles. it slashing the time between the two stories from 22 hours to it 8. the tickets starting at $138 are a little pricey for some, and many travelers say it's still cheaper and faster to fly.
. >>> put the harps back in the closet. that's the word from former president george h.w. bush's chief of staff. she says the condition of the 88-year-old former president is not dire. his family is expressing confidence that he will soon be released from an intensive care unit. he's been treated for a high fever at a houston hospital. >>> with the nation reeling from the tragedy in newtown, connecticut, and engaged in a national debate on gun control, chicago reaches a deadly milestone despite the toughest laws when it comes to owning firearms. >>> federal investigators arrested a new york city woman, they say she used the school's shooting in newtown as a way to make money. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi p
the holiday season in the hospital. we will update you on the latest on president george h.w. bush's condition. >>> and toyota owners could be on the receiving end of a massive settlement after hundreds of lawsuits claimed some cars were, in fact, accelerating on their own. jon: new information now on some political stories we're following for you. president george h.w. bush in a hospital in houston this holiday season. doctors saying the oldest living former u.s. president now moved into the spencive care unit after what they call a series of setbacks. they're adding that they are cautiously optimistic about his recovery. >>> hawaii's lieutenant governor brian schatz tapped to fill the seat of the late senator daniel inn way. -- inouye. he had named a congresswoman to preplace him on his death bed, that was his wish. the governor said he made his decisions in the best interests of his party. and second time's a charm, a new poll shows 46% of americans believe the president's job performance will improve in his second term. 22% are preparing for things to get worse, they say. harris: in the co
. heather: former president george h.w. bush has been hospitalized for more than a month. what doctors are now saying about the former president's health. gregg: and from twilight twists to secret e-mails to the cia, a look back at the biggest scandals, scandals of 2012. oh, yeah, that was a scandal. heather: that's a big one. ash cd from capital one, sven gets great rewards for his small business! how does this thing work? oh, i like it! [ garth ] sven's small business earns 2% cash back on every purche, everday! woo-hoo!!! so that's ten security gators, right? put them on my spark card! why settle for less? testing hot tar... great sinesses deserve great rewards! [ male announcer ] the spark business card from capital one. choose unlimited rewards with 2% cash back or double miles on every purchase, every day! what's in your wallet? here's your invoice. heather: welcome back. an update now on former president george h.w. bush who spent christmas in the hospital. a spokesman said that the fever that kept him from going home is now gone. that's good news. the 88-year-old former preside
are keeping former president george h.w. bush in the hospital longer than expected because he's developed a fever. he's been fighting a lingering illness since thanksgiving. the 41st president was hospitalized with bronchitis and his medical team says every time he passes one medical hurdle, another pops up. mr. bush is 88 years old. >>> and how about some happier news this morning. american troops observe christmas in afghanistan with fellow soldiers on duty there. they celebrated with a meal and candle light vigil. the number of troops serving in afghanistan is going down. prior to the official u.s. withdrawal by the end of 2014. >>> in northern california, one man is dead after an avalanche at a ski resort. the 49-year-old snowboarder was buried on the slopes near lake tahoe. it was several hours before his friends realized he was missing. it's believed he's the only person caught in that slide. winter storms dumped three feet of snow in that area. >>> it's a white christmas for much of the northeast after a light snowfall last night. the snow started falling on the philadelphia area o
back into recession. rebecca? >> thanks so much chip reid. >>> former president george h.w. bush spent his christmas day in a hospital. the former president was admitted a month ago for bronchitis-like cough. doctors want him to remain in the hospital to build up strength and balance his medications. >>> a new study finds the number of u.s. troops hospitalized for heart trouble has plummeted over the last 60 years. during the korean war, about 8 out of 10 service members had signs of coronary artery disease. now it's roughly 1 in 10. reducing smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol have improved the military's heart health. they also say recent increases in obesity and type-2 diabetes have not yet affected the military. >>> he had a remarkable career, but an even more extraordinary life. we learn this week the actor charles durning died in new york on monday. here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: known as the king of character actors charles durning appeared in more than 100 movies in a career that started in 1962. >> got to get you out of here! >> reporter
declined offers from both parties to run for political office. president george h.w. bush issued a statement saying, general norman schwarzkopf epitomized the duty service, country creed, that has defended our freedom and seen this great nation through our crisis. barbara and i mourn the loss of a true american patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation. general schwarzkopf died after a battle with pneumonia. >>> meantime, a top aide for president bush, says her boss won't be leaving the hospital anytime soon. he is in the hospital with complications from bronchitis. but she says the 88-year-old mr. bush would advise to put the harps back in the closet. >>> and secretary of state hillary clinton will return to work next week. she hasn't been seen in public since suffering a concussion about two weeks ago after a fainting spell brought on by a stomach bug. >>> and the fiscal cliff in washington isn't the only major threat to the u.s. economy. this morning, time is running out to avoid a strike by 14,000 dockworkers from boston to houston for demanding better p
: and president george h.w. with bush spending christmas in the hospital. been there for more than a month. what doctors are saying about the former president's health. patti ann: and a christmas miracle for a heart broken family whose dog went missing a week ago. >> i was awakened by, like, an alert-type bark, and i ran downstairs, and she was right there right at the door that she goes in and out of all the time just waiting for me to open it. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, potato with bacon... [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. gregg: china is unveiling the world's longest high-speed rail train this week. 1500 miles long, it runs from beijing to the south, and the train on this high-speed rail line initially ran 186 miles per hour. can you believe that? cutting between the two cities. china's railway system has a checker ored past, it has been riddled with accidents including the latest crash involving a bullet train which killed 40 pe
. george h.w. burks 137. bill clinton, 167. george w. bush, 173. and then president obama through november 5 2012, i guess the day of the election, had 311 -- 3 10789 why such a jump between president carter and president obama? is it just the cost of running these campaigns? is it television ads? writes all this money going if guest: it's a very good question. if you want to understand what presidents do, you have to think about what the rules of the system are that incentivize their action. so the rise in fundraising is really a story about the consequence of campaign reform. if you want to empty your let to a presidential candidate, you could give them $25,000. over the last few decades, campaign costs have exploded. the rational is that -- rationale is that we want to have small amount offense money to limit corruption or the appearance of corruption. so the idea is if i can only get a certain amount of money from you, and every person i know, i'm not going to be behold on every certain but with rising president costs, the president is spending more time raising more and more money. th
to my old boss george h.w. bush. they put the revenue on the table and call it what you will but they agreed to raising revenues and they want something in rush for that in terms of real spending reductions. and you know, the president's first salvo in terms of his offering did not have that. he was $4 trillion and it's all made up, a trillion of savings from the wars. 1.6 trillion in -- it wasn't real. so i think boehner's effort was an effort to say, listen, we'll go along with raising revenue. we'll be on record raising revenue. up to a trillion dollars but we need something in return. we need to actually get on a treek that reduces spending in washington and doesn't play games. doctor fixes around things of this nature, never come to pass. >> this same house caucus, what's the one thing they passed? >> this support of the sequestration cuts. they are going to end the sequestration cuts which is going nowhere. >> so we can translate, the one thing they passed is revoking already agreed-to m cuts in spending of $500 billion. what have they done? voted to revoke the agr
up on the show, presidents and how president george h.w. bush's pet caused drama at the white house and other stays you won't hear anywhere else about the white house. ♪ putting on the ritz ♪ this holiday, share everything. share "not even close." share "you owe me..." share "just right." the share everything plan. shareable data across 10 devices with unlimited talk and text. hurry in for a droid razr m by motorola for $49.99. >> well from puppies to ponies, a new book takes us inside the pets who live at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. >> alisyn: whether they were providing companionship or softening a president's political image, these pets played an important role in white house history and jennifer pickens, 50 years of presidents and their pets, good morning, jennifer. >> good morning, merry christmas. >> alisyn: merry christmas to you, too. who are the most or which would you say are the most famous pets of the white house? >> oh, my god, so many to choose from. caroline kennedy's pony, macaroni was an all time favorite f favorite. every little girl wanted a pony and the stable
.c. is jimmy williams, msnbc contributor and joe watkins, republican strategist and former george h.w. bush white house aide. he was also a romney surrogate. jimmy, do you know how much msnbc pays versus cnbc? i mean is there a reason that you feel more aligned with -- what do we got to do to get you here, anyway? >> pay me more, baby. it's called capitalism. >> oh. now -- >> the democrat speaking. >> now you like capitalism, when it applies to you. okay. we got it. jimmy, can they do anything to -- between tonight -- or they can meet with the president today, and then the house gets back on sunday. do you think they can do some stripped down bill? >> i think that -- i know they can. but they won't. and the reason they won't is because speaker boehner, who i like and you and i have talked about, cannot get -- listen, if he can't get a million bucks threshold on a tax cut through his chamber, what's he going to do get $500,000? it's not going to happen. what i think is going to happen at the white house this afternoon, though, is these folks are going to come in, sit down with the president,
we're watching tonight. former president george w.h. bush remains in intensive care at a houston hospital, where he's been treated for a fever. a spokesperson tells our miguel marquez that doctors are in no hurry to rush him out. he also says the former president is not on a ventilator and is good spirits. his chief of staff sent out a statement, saying his boss' condition is not dire, and saying, please put the harps back in the closet. >>> the city of newtown, connecticut, has received so many gifts since the december 14th shooting at sandy hook elementary that a local official has asked people to stop sending items like teddy bears and blankets, because postal workers can't handle the volume. officials say they should donate the items to needy children and families in their own community instead. >>> another sign that people are truly worried about the fiscal cliff. an index that tracking consumer confidence fell more than expected in december, to 65.1. now, that's down from 71.5 reading in november, and well below the estimate of 70. barclay's economist deen mackey tells us,
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